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Stratton St. Margaret - Gorsehill - The OPC is Nigel Chalk

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St. Barnabas St. Barnabas

Gorsehill Forms Part of the Parish of Stratton St. Margaret

Gorsehill Gallery

The Church of St. Barnabus

Church Gallery

The 'Instruments of Transfer' was issued on 12th December 1889.  1997-2012 Reverend Canon Alastair Stevenson.  3rd Feb 1885: The first service took place at St Barnabas Church, Gorse Hill, followed by the first baptism, the next day. However, the church still wasn’t complete when it was consecrated by the Bishop of Gloucester on June 11, 1886 (St Barnabas Day), finally being finished in 1898 – and even then didn’t include the tower that was originally planned.

There are two murals on either side of Chancel & Sanctuary, On the south side the mural represents the movement towards the Altar and shows represents the Apostolic Church standing against Industrialisation, on the north side the mural represents the Mission of the Church with the Apostles delivering the word of god, with scenes of Gorse hill behind. they were painter between 1946-1948 by Rev. John Perret at the behest of Rev. Basil Minchin.  Full description of murals can be seen here.

 

History of Gorse Hill

Originally a small hamlet of Stratton, Gorse Hill was taken over by Swindon Council in 1891 when expansion of the area followed by the building of St Barnabus Church in Cricklade Road meaning that it became a parish in it’s own right. The first streets to be built were Avening, Chapel, Hinton, and Bright Street.  December 1912 saw the opening of the Cinema.  December 1929 saw the opening of a new Police Station in Gorse Hill.  During the war Kembrey Street was bombed and several people killed, Italian prisoners of war were kept in some of the buildings of Kembrey Estate.

 

Buildings and Land

Cinema

Electra Palace  Knocked down in 1990's and replaced with Thomas Edward Coard Building

Farms

Gorsehill Farm

Gorsehill Farm

General Items

New Name for Crowdy's Hill 1981           Thamesdown Hydrotherapy Pool

Isolation Hospital

History of the Isolation Hospital

Maps

Gallery

Property

2017 - 4 New houses built behind Majestic Wine in Caulfield Road.

Property for Let

Property to Let 1900-1999                         

Property for Sale

Sale of Freehold Land 1876          Sale by Auction of Buildings & Land 1902

Public Houses

Public Houses Gallery

Read more about the Public Houses of Gorsehill by following the link

Carpenter’s Arms, (now renamed the Swiss Chalet)

Originally opened as an Off-licence in 1874 and was run by a local carpenter named William Penny.

The pub was demolished in 1964 due to a road widening scheme and was rebuilt a short distance away in Chapel Street. It has since been renamed the Swiss Chalet because of it’s distinctive architectural style.

Duke of Edinburgh

Landlords 1864-1891

1868 Poll Book shows Henry Wright as owner.

The Meerkat

 

Crime & Legal Matters

Crime Reports

2000 - Present

 

Education

Education Gallery

Gorsehill School

 

Employment and Business

Employment & Business Gallery

The original Swindon Gasworks was on Gypsy Lane, housed behind a high brick wall, it was eventually closed completely when Natural Gas was rolled out across the country in the 1970's.

1955 saw the first laundrette in Swindon area.

Cricklade Road Businesses 2017 (Work in progress)

Advertising

Advertising Gallery

Advertising 1900-1949

New Swindon Industrial Co-op Society

Co-Op Gallery

New Co-Op Store 2001                    Co-Op Staff Then and Now 2001     Shop now on corner Cricklade Road and Chapel Street.

Plessey

Known then primarily as a manufacturer of radio components, opened its factory in Kembrey Street, Gorse Hill, in 1940.

Police

Police Inspector Albert Enos Mitchell 1887-1940                Police Sergeant Reakes Retires 1932 (Gorse Hill) 

 

Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Non Conformity Gallery

Places of Worship

13 January 2002: Swindon’s Sikh community opened its first purpose-built temple in Kembrey Street, called the Shri Guru Nanak Gudawara. It replaced much smaller premises in North Street that it had taken over from the Salvation Army in 1972.

Salvation Army have their Citadel in Chapel Street.

 

People and Parish Notables

People Gallery

For entries in the 1868 Poll Book please refer to the main Stratton St. Margaret Page 

Entertainment

Entertinment Gallery

 

War, Conflict and Military Matters

Military Gallery

WWI

Casualties of WWI           Thomas Fox 1916          WWI Memorial Mystery 2015

British Red Cross/VAD Volunteers

Volunteers 1914-1918 

WWII

Interview on WWII for Peoples War 2006       

War Memorial

War Memorial List       

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